UFC Fighter Ross Pearson Needs an DUI Class

by: Mike Miller

That drugs and alcohol are a part of professional sports is well known. There is not a sport immune to addiction, least of all Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) competitors.

Ross Pearson, one of the up-and-coming UFC fighters will not have to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Cub Swanson after his recent driving under the influence (DUI) arrest,

He was arrested in Las Vegas, the City of Sin, after failing a field sobriety test, according to yahoo sports.

Pearson was in Las Vegas as part of his teammate Dominick Cruz's coaching staff for The Ultimate Fighter: Live. Hopefully his next public appearance will be for his fight in Atlantic City, NJ next month.

The UFC has no code of conduct yet regarding situations like arrests or DUIs as there is in many other professional sports.

In the NFL, players are subject to fines and suspensions under the league's substance abuse policy, as well as their personal conduct policy where a player's behavior can be called into question if it is detrimental to the image of the league and its players.

Since this was his first offense I like that that the UFC is standing behind him and offering support to help him overcome any possible addiction issue. More alcohol classes and drug awareness class could help get Pearson back on the right side of the road and continue fulfilling his true promise.